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Labour: Draft in ex-nurses to ease NHS burden

Labour would draft in former nurses to help ease the burden on accident and emergency departments, Ed Miliband has said.

GPs could also be installed in hospitals to cool pressure on the straining service, the Labour leader added.

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Addenbrooke's Hospital latest to declare major incident

Addenbrooke's Hospital in Cambridge Credit: PA Wire

Addenbrooke's Hospital in Cambridge is the latest to declare a major incident due "extreme pressure" on its A&E services.

Cambridge University Hospitals (CUH) said it had cancelled all non-emergency surgery and procedures at the hospital and urged patients not to attend the A&E unit unless they have an emergency or life threatening condition.

In a statement, CUH said it had been under extreme pressure since New Year's Eve and had been "in critical internal incident mode" for the last two days.

"This is due to unprecedented levels of demand on our services with especially high numbers of frail elderly patients, combined with a record level of patients whose medical care is finished and whose discharge is delayed.

“Our priority is to care safely for the patients already in the hospital and arrange the safe discharge of those who are well enough to go home and to ensure that we can provide care for those who require urgent treatment," it said.

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